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Anybody here dissatisfied with Directv?


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#51 OFFLINE   bungi43

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:20 PM

What I mean is, when I was here before everyone talked up Directv like it was the greatest thing since sliced bread. Now, it seems like it's just one of many choices you could have made for tv service.

Has anything changed as far as customer service, underhanded dealings by directv (such as free NFL Ticket that ends up costing you as an example), or anything else? I just want to make sure I made the right choice going back while I still have time to cancel.

So, for the most part is everything hunky dory in the world of Directv? If you could drop the service, would you?


I'm not entirely thrilled how they've gone with the overseas call centers. It's not hard to get around, but annoying. It was one thing I thought was good, because I knew when I called I would get someone I understood.

But I also think their customer service has gotten a little worse too, from the standpoint in the past they always seemed to go out of their way to make a customer happy, and now they are much more content to not do anything for you.

I rarely have issues with my service. I'm not thrilled with how my bill seems to get higher each month, but honestly, that's just about every company. I have given some thought to pulling the plug, as most stuff now I can get elsewhere. It's the sports that keep me in, as where I live I have access to ESPN3, but not WatchESPN...so I'd miss a lot of college football.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:21 PM

I'm dissatisfied with all providers, I'm just less dissatisfied with Directv.


That's the way I feel, too. Looks as if most folks are put off by the pricing. I've had a house that cost me less a month than my D* bill is now and I've had a house that cost me just about a $100 more than D*'s monthly bill.

But, D* has treated me very well and, for the moment, I'm satisfied. I just have a feeling that someone is gonna do the Internet streaming correctly and put everything in a cloud and put the cable and satellite businesses out on the street wondering what happened. Already, I get a much better picture on Hulu + (not the answer) and NetFlix (not the answer either) than I do on my 1080i D* content.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:23 PM

I'm not entirely thrilled how they've gone with the overseas call centers. It's not hard to get around, but annoying. It was one thing I thought was good, because I knew when I called I would get someone I understood.



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I believe there's only 1 call center overseas (Philippines) with most being here.
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:28 PM

I believe there's only 1 call center overseas (Philippines) with most being here.


Having just spent a fruitless hour on a call to a Roku call center, I gotta say one D* call center that's not in the states is one too many. Just an opinion.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:28 PM

That's the way I feel, too. Looks as if most folks are put off by the pricing. I've had a house that cost me less a month than my D* bill is now and I've had a house that cost me just about a $100 more than D*'s monthly bill.

But, D* has treated me very well and, for the moment, I'm satisfied. I just have a feeling that someone is gonna do the Internet streaming correctly and put everything in a cloud and put the cable and satellite businesses out on the street wondering what happened. Already, I get a much better picture on Hulu + (not the answer) and NetFlix (not the answer either) than I do on my 1080i D* content.

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You're forgetting there's a sizeable part of the population that doesn't have access to high speed internet. Cable and satellite aren't going anywhere for the foreseeable future.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:30 PM

I believe there's only 1 call center overseas (Philippines) with most being here.


I had to call about 3 times in a week here about 2 weeks ago and each time I called that's what I got. All at different times, and using a few different responses. I noticed it in the past too, but not nearly as much as recently. I got to the point now where I just start saying retention, and then I get them to transfer me and it's to a rep in the US.

Having just spent a fruitless hour on a call to a Roku call center, I gotta say one D* call center that's not in the states is one too many. Just an opinion.

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Agreed 100%

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 02:49 PM

DirecTV is more expensive for me than if I were to bundle triple play with my cable provider. But I have DirecTV because the technology is better. Local cable co doesn't have multiroom or mobile apps. They run I-Guide which is pretty basic - no pandora or YouTube on TV. The search is pretty anemic and theres no poster art or pictures of actors in the info. You cant even drill down and see actors other programs. The most advanced thing they have is caller ID on TV, but so does DirecTV! The other thing that irks me with cable is that HD channels are put up high in the guide. Before I bought my house in 2010 I was in an apartment with Comcast. It was a constant battle with the wife or guests to change the channel to the HD equivalent. DirecTV does this right!!!

DirecTV also has IP control which is super convenient with mobile control apps.

As far as Dish Network, our market is Eastern Arc. I have too many trees in that direction which thankfully does not interfere with DirecTV as it points elsewhere.

DirecTV it is! Now if my local cable co. got with the program and updated their technology, I would re-evaluate because their pricing is better.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:30 PM

But, D* has treated me very well and, for the moment, I'm satisfied. I just have a feeling that someone is gonna do the Internet streaming correctly and put everything in a cloud and put the cable and satellite businesses out on the street wondering what happened. Already, I get a much better picture on Hulu + (not the answer) and NetFlix (not the answer either) than I do on my 1080i D* content.

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Today most cord cutters are people who don't watch much TV, so if they stream 30-60 minutes a day of content it doesn't add up to all that much. There's no way very many of the "average" TV viewers who watch 4 hours a day could cut the cord and stream four hours a day of full HD content. The providers don't have the bandwidth, the Internet backbone doesn't have the bandwidth, and your ISP doesn't have the bandwidth to deliver this to a good sized percentage of the population where you live (definitely true if you use cable, most likely true if you use DSL)

The way providers solve this sort of problem is via rationing. Either you get capped, or you pay much more for "unlimited" data when unlimited starts meaning terabytes per month for a lot of people instead of a very small number of outliers, or you do metered pricing, or everything gets too slow to stream during prime viewing hours in the evening. Just like what happened with cellular data once everyone got smartphones and started actually using it in large quantities. It was possible to do unlimited when only a few early adopters with iPhones and people using Blackberry mail made any real use of data, but once everyone had a smartphone, bye bye unlimited and hello slowdowns during prime hours and capped/metered pricing.

Cable providers who also provide Internet have a reason to dislike people cutting the cord. If too many do, they'll start raising the price of Internet and lowering the price of TV to fight back. If you have a decent DSL provider available you may not care, but some people only have slow DSL where they live and cable is their only real alternative for internet. Your fast DSL provider may become a crappy slow provider once a quarter of the people where you live are trying to stream HD content at once in the evening. Cord cutting works great today because not very many are doing it. If everyone starts doing it, since it doesn't scale it will stop being a viable alternative.

Then there's the problem of sports, for those who like sports. Today you can watch ESPN, Big Ten Network, and so on online, but only if you prove you already have that network through your TV provider. Just like with HBO. Sure, you can cheat the system by using a friend's login who still has TV, and they probably don't police it much today since it isn't costing them much, but once that changes and it costs them real money they'll probably start cracking down and suing people who are trying to cheat them.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 03:40 PM

I believe there's only 1 call center overseas (Philippines) with most being here.


Luckily my wife is from the Philippines!

As for cutting the cord, I just can't. When I'm watching something I recorded, or On Demand, I feel like I'm cut off from the world, like if something happens in the world I won't know because the news can't break into a recording. I'm weird that way. Don't suggest I keep a radio on while watching Hulu either!

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 05:03 PM

MysteryMan, Would you stay with a provider if they didn't offer you the channels that you watch in the best quality available? :nono2: I don't think so.

Rich, I have 3 HD TVs and like you only watch HD content. But unfortunately DirecTV will not add the HD channel of ones that I watch the majority of the time, but my cable provider does.


Which channels?


GSN- majority owned by DirecTV Group Inc. :confused:
G4- not carried by DirecTV
HSN
HUB
QVC- Parent company is the largest investor in DirecTV :confused:
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 05:08 PM

Keep in mind G4 goes away in a little more than a week. Of course if you are interested in Esquire Channel, doesn't make much difference.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 05:10 PM

MysteryMan, Would you stay with a provider if they didn't offer you the channels that you watch in the best quality available? :nono2: I don't think so.


If you're happy with Cable that's fine with me. The SD and HD channels we watch on DirecTV look just fine.


You are in the minority about the SD channels looking fine. The forum have several threads and comments about DirecTV's bit-starved SD channels.
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 05:28 PM

GSN- majority owned by DirecTV Group Inc. :confused:
G4- not carried by DirecTV
HSN
HUB
QVC- Parent company is the largest investor in DirecTV :confused:


GSN - DirecTV owns 42%, Sony Pictures Television is the majority owner at 58%
G4 - Being re-branded as Esquire Network and focus on programming aimed at "metrosexual viewers"
HUB - I guess that you have kids and like old tv shows? That's cool...we all like different stuff.
QVC & HSN - You can buy all their stuff on their respective websites. QVC even allows anyone to watch it here... http://www.qvc.com/L...10151&langId=-1
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 05:46 PM

And to be honest, qvc and hsn HD would get a huge yawn here if they came, worse than that if it meant less bandwidth for some more requested channels. They'd have to pay a lot of money to directv.

We all want more HD, directv has made improvements in terms of number per transponder, and of course working on DirecTV 14.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:34 PM

You are in the minority about the SD channels looking fine. The forum have several threads and comments about DirecTV's bit-starved SD channels.


Read my post again. I never said all the SD channels on DirecTV look fine. Just the ones we watch.

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 06:51 PM

Comcrap SD in our area is no different than Directv, in fact they both look bad, But HD is another story:D

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 09:00 PM

Comcrap isnt as bad as MediaCommies imho; lucikly they aren't as presence as Comcast. Not fun trying to call in only having ivr tell you they don't have enough agents available for the call queue :-/

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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:05 PM

GSN - DirecTV owns 42%, Sony Pictures Television is the majority owner at 58%
G4 - Being re-branded as Esquire Network and focus on programming aimed at "metrosexual viewers"
HUB - I guess that you have kids and like old tv shows? That's cool...we all like different stuff.
QVC & HSN - You can buy all their stuff on their respective websites. QVC even allows anyone to watch it here... http://www.qvc.com/L...10151&langId=-1


GSN-Why invest so much in a channel, but not offer it to your customers in the best quality possible?
G4- And one of the most requested channels on this forum
HUB- Yes it is cool, that we all have various different likes and dislikes
QVC & HSN- You can also go to various websites and watch movies, TV Shows and Sports programs and even purchase them. But which would prefer to watch them on.. your TV or Computer?
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:10 PM

And to be honest, qvc and hsn HD would get a huge yawn here if they came, worse than that if it meant less bandwidth for some more requested channels. They'd have to pay a lot of money to directv.

We all want more HD, directv has made improvements in terms of number per transponder, and of course working on DirecTV 14.


Maybe a huge yawn here, where it is mostly males posting. But go on a forum where mostly females post on, and adding the Longhorn Network or PAC12 Network would get a huge yawn.
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 10:38 PM

Maybe a huge yawn here, where it is mostly males posting. But go on a forum where mostly females post on, and adding the Longhorn Network or PAC12 Network would get a huge yawn.


Are you implying women don't like sports?! :)
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Posted 12 April 2013 - 11:00 PM

G4 - Being re-branded as Esquire Network and focus on programming aimed at "metrosexual viewers]

G4 how ye has fallen. So instead of getting shows on games and technology it changed to how to style your hair and what brand flip flops to wear after labor day lol.

Edited by Volatility, 13 April 2013 - 08:57 AM.


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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:47 AM

Read my post again. I never said all the SD channels on DirecTV look fine. Just the ones we watch.


My granddaughter watches a lot of SD shows. But she watches them on a 50" 720p TV. The 720p sets seem to show SD content better than my three 1080p sets.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 10:52 AM

GSN-Why invest so much in a channel, but not offer it to your customers in the best quality possible?
G4- And one of the most requested channels on this forum
HUB- Yes it is cool, that we all have various different likes and dislikes
QVC & HSN- You can also go to various websites and watch movies, TV Shows and Sports programs and even purchase them. But which would prefer to watch them on.. your TV or Computer?


Personally, I don't watch TV content on my laptops or desktop. I do have a 24" LCD monitor on the desktop, but it sits next to a 1080p 42" TV. I can and do watch some shows using my laptop and a long (13') HDMI cable, but that's a bit of a PITA doing that.

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Posted 13 April 2013 - 11:21 AM

Are you implying women don't like sports?! :)


:nono2:
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Posted 13 April 2013 - 12:07 PM

That's usually the stereotype but not all are the same,

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